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Director of Music Ministry

Director of Music Ministry

The Lutheran Church of the Ascension is seeking a music leader to develop and grow the multi-faceted music ministry for a premier historic downtown Christian faith community in Savannah, Georgia. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in organ and piano, and leadership and direction of adult, children and bell choirs. A music degree, familiarity with hymnody and liturgy is also required. Candidates need to demonstrate strong leadership skills and be able to work in a collaborative environment with the church’s professional staff, lay leaders, volunteer musicians and the congregation as a whole. Past church experience is a strong plus.

The Director of Music Ministry will be expected to:

-      Capably and enthusiastically recruit and equip volunteers to serve in music ministry.

-      Plan and implement worship services in partnership with pastors and worship team, including hymn and liturgy selection.

-      Plan, prepare, and present music special services; including but not limited to Lenten, Holy Week, and Christmas Eve services.

-      Communicate and collaborate with other staff members and serve as staff liaison to worship team to support the overall music interests of the congregation.

-      Plan, lead, and accompany (as required) regularly scheduled rehearsals with different music ministries and groups.

-      Participate in continuing education/professional development.

-      Oversee the tuning and maintenance of the organ within the approved budget and provide regular reports specifying maintenance needs to the pastor and church council.

-      Recruit and coordinate special music, especially for summer worship services when choirs and hand bells are not available.

-       Provide for qualified substitutes for all absences.

-       Provide accompaniment for funerals or memorial services.



Candidates should submit a full resume, three references, and YouTube links (audio and visual) that include at a minimum: a fully-developed hymn, postlude and prelude, an example of congregational accompaniment, and if available, a choral direction example.


The Director of Music Ministry Position is a full-time position, with American Guild of Organist guideline salary – commensurate with education and experience. A comprehensive benefit package will also be provided.

Other: Any offer will be subject to a full background check

Responses should be directed to:

Yvonne Johnson at or Mark Berry, Music Director Search Committee Chair at

Lutheran Church of the Ascension
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Music Ministry
Lutheran (ELCA)